Recently returned WWE star says being released in 2021 was “one of the worst experiences of my life”

During an appearance on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Top Dolla reflected on being released from WWE in 2021…

“I’ve worked to get to that point. We had the fastest call-up ever in NXT history. To then be released a month later it was like, I felt.. I didn’t know that this would happen. I had no assurances that I’d be back in WWE again. So I felt like maybe the two years that I had spent in NXT, getting to that point was just a waste of my time, because I was gonna have to go do something else now. What ended up happening, which was a blessing, was the fact that, I always stayed in contact with Hunter [Triple H].”

“When we first got released, it was tough. I was genuinely depressed. I had spent my entire life looking for a chance to get an opportunity to be on SmackDown, to be on Raw. Then I got there and then a month later it got taken out from underneath me. So it was one of the worst experiences [and] times of my life.” (quotes courtesy of